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Pumpkin Leaf Chicken “Dumplings”

Homegrown Tastes South Africa S2 Episode 5: Pumpkin Leaf Chicken “Dumplings”

Serves 2

Pumpkin Leaf Chicken “Dumplings”


For the dumplings:

  • 6 pumpkin leaves, rinsed
  • 300g chicken thighs, meat & skin
  • 2 tablespoons garlic
  • 2 teaspoons ginger powder
  • 3 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon cajun spice
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of oil
  • 3 tablespoons sesame seeds

For the dipping sauce:

  • 3 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 4 thai green chilli, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/3 cup fish sauce
  • 3 tablespoons sesame oil


  1. Place the chicken thigh meat, skins and all the rest of the ingredients, excluding the pumpkin leaves into a food processor and blend together.
  2. Onto a board, put a pumpkin leaf and about a tablespoon of the chicken mixture. Place into a bamboo steaming basket and steam for 15-20 minutes.
  3. For the sauce, mix all of the ingredients together and set aside till the ‘dumplings’ are ready.
  4. Once the “dumplings” are steamed brush them with oil and coat in sesame seeds. Heat a non-stick frying pan and toast the outside of the “dumplings”.
  5. Serve with the dipping sauce.